Henry Blackaby missing since 4 p.m. Thurs.

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Posted: Sep 20, 2013 5:22 PM
ATLANTA (BP) -- Henry Blackaby, one of Southern Baptists' most beloved Bible teachers, has been missing since Thursday, Sept. 19, around 4 p.m. Eastern time.

Blackaby, 78, lives in the Atlanta area.

His son Richard, in a notice posted today (Sept. 20) on Twitter around 8 a.m. Eastern, stated: "Please pray. Henry Blackaby has been missing since 4 p.m. Thursday. He is in black Lincoln without his diabetic medicine in Atlanta area."

Around 11 a.m. Friday, Richard Blackaby posted an update on Twitter, asking for ongoing prayer and stating: "His credit card has been used within 6 miles of his home. Missing for 19 hours. Police continue to search."

In a third Twitter notice, Richard Blackaby reported: "As of 12:30 Henry is still missing. Believed in the Atlanta area. Is Type 2 diabetic. No insulin. Please pray."

At the website of Blackaby Ministries International, a notice stated: "Henry Blackaby's family deeply appreciates the outpouring of prayers and support people have shown as they have sought to locate Henry. He was last seen at 4 p.m. Thursday and has not been seen since. He is a Type 2 diabetic and may be disoriented and unable to find his way home. Please pray for the volunteers who are searching for him and for his wife Marilyn and family who are trusting the Lord for his safe return."

Prayers for Blackaby were circulated by various Southern Baptist leaders and over the PrayerLink network of Baptist workers who lead intercessory prayer initiatives. And a report of his disappearance has been on local TV in the Atlanta area.

Blackaby is best known for the "Experiencing God" Bible study he coauthored with Claude King. The discipleship resource, first published in 1990, has sold more than 7 million copies in 45 languages. Blackaby is retired from the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board but has continued to lead prayer and spiritual awakening conferences internationally. His ministry began as a pastor in his native Canada. He later became president of the forerunners of the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College and the Canadian National Baptist Convention.

NBC Channel 11 said Blackaby was wearing a blue shirt, blue or black dress pants and brown sandals when last seen at his home in Rex, Ga., in Henry County within the metro Atlanta area. The station reported that Blackaby had not taken his insulin since 7 a.m. Thursday.

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